One business leaves and another comes to take its place, well, almost. Merchandise from the previous tenant, is still on the shelves.
"When one door closes, another door opens," that's how the saying goes anyway. Well, in this case it's true, and it happened fast. Glover Books and Music has closed and, with stacks of books left behind, Ravi Shankar opens Tennis Zone this week on Wisconsin Ave. next to Whole Foods.
I was walking past the post office one day and all of the sudden I heard Joni Mitchell's "River" playing. I paused to see if I could locate its source. I soon realized it was coming from across the street, from Glover Books. From that point on, I looked forward to the music coming through the outside speakers of the shop.
But in the year that I've lived in Glover Park, I never went in. Perhaps that was the problem; people too often glanced at the French cookbooks, self-help manuals and classic novels that filled the display window, but didn't go in. Whatever the exact reason, it is no more, but the books are still there.
Shankar has piles of books to sell alongside his athletic gear. He says the previous tenant left them behind and now what else to do, but sell them to customers. Who knows, maybe there's one in the pile on learning to play tennis.
Shankar says he is confident the shop will do well in the neighborhood, with tennis being a popular sport and some good places to play nearby. He says many of his loyal customers from his former location in Tenleytown, will come down the hill to visit him.
Tennis Zone sells clothes, equipment and offers same day stringing service. For the time being, they also have plenty of books.